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The Life of Abram - Birth till Fifty. The Teachings of His Mother.

In my study, I have found different narratives about the early life of Abraham. I have combined these sources and traditions into one story, whether historically correct, I’m unsure. But here is what I have been able to find of Abraham from birth till approximately 50 years old. I love the details about Amthelo, Abrams Mother.  These pieces of glimpses into their life and culture, though shocking and greatly disturbing at times, for me also brings out character and humanity. Nimrod was the son of Cush. Cush was the son of Ham. Ham was the son of Noah. God made garments of skins for Adam and his wife Havah (Eve) when they went out of the garden, and those garments were handed to Enoch after the passing over of Adam and Havah. Enoch, at the time of His going up, gave the garments to Methuselah, his son. At the death of Methuselah, Noah took the garments into the Ark and they were with him until the going out of the Ark. In their going out, Ham stole the garments from Noah his father and

Serach the woman who never died and the Grand-daughter of Father Jacob

Serach, the Granddaughter of Patriarch Jacob.  You may not have heard of this significant woman before, I certainly do not recall ever hearing her name being mentioned at church or from manual lessons taught about her in seminary or sunday school. But, she is real and we can find her mentioned briefly in the the Restoration Edition Scriptures , LDS scriptures, Jewish texts and the Pseudepigrapha. I learned that Serach is also known by different titles in different books, but is the same person. Combining these sources together let me retell to you the amazing breadcrumbs I have found of this holy woman and her story... In the House of Shem, Shem had a son named Eber, who had a son who he called Abimael and Abimael's wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Hadurah. Shem was Hadurah's Great-Grandfather.  Hadurah grew up in the house of Shem and she became a woman "of comely appearance and intelligence" We know this description means so much more concerning wisdom

Journeying through the Midbar

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  Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelled in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings. Their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. Wherefore, I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols with which they had polluted it. And I scattered them among the heathen and they were dispersed through the countries. According to their way and according to their doings I judged them. And when they entered unto the heathen where they went, they profaned my holy name when they said to them, These are the people of the Lord and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen where they went. Therefore, say unto the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: I do not do this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for my holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the heathen

A Circular Perspective - Coming Into The Heavenly Gift.

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  "...And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people according to the judgment which I shall give unto you , which shall be just. Therefore, what manner of men had ye ought to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am ... " When the Lord tells us in the Answer to Prayer for a Covenant to "Pursue Judgment" , it is imperative that the lense of judgement we discern through be carefully circumscribed around The Truth so it is reckoned from the Lord’s perspective and not from our own limited linear viewpoint. We often use the following scripture as a stone which we throw at each other when the other person cannot find harmony in our teachings or advice. We undertone our words inferring the other person is unwilling, unbelieving or too lazy to labor as diligently as we think we ourselves, have. Sometimes I wonder if we mistakenly assume we are a great light of knowledge because we may comprehend a portion of a scripture or see a little mystery or think we know what is

Just A Dream

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  This week I had a dream. In it I found myself at a location filled with a great multitude of people gathered together with their tents, caravans and temporary accommodations. Many faces I knew, or recognized and some I had not seen before. People of all ages including children and from different locations. All were gathered for some large event or occasion, from what it seemed to me. There was an air of festivity, with lots of food, so much food... and different stalls offering unlimited delicacies catering to all the human senses. From a distance, it looked like a small city in a remote location. How anyone found their friends again if they went for a walk was perplexing to me as there seemed to be no clear order and I wondered how I would find those I was more familiar with. People were laughing, music was playing and the sun was shining brightly, it seemed like the perfect day to have such an event like this even though I didn't know the precise reason for the great gathering.

The Shepherd of Hermas and the Torii Gate

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The picture accompanying this post is of a Torii Gate. These gates  signal to worshipers a transition from the profane world into the sacred. By walking through the T orii , one has entered the world of the Kami, or Shinto gods. This reminds me of a verse from an old  Christian literary work of the late first half of the second century, The Shepherd of Hermas.  This book is thought of as a valuable instruction by many Christians, and considered canonical scripture by some of the early Church fathers such as Irenaeus. Here are a couple verses that I want to refer to... "For after you have made known to them these words which my Lord has commanded me to reveal to you, then shall they be forgiven all the sins which in former times they committed, and forgiveness will be granted to all the saints who have sinned even to the present day, if they repent with all their heart, and drive all doubts from their minds.  For the Lord has sworn by His glory, in regard to His elect, that if any

The True Fast Required Of The Lord (Isaiah 20:7)

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  "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression and the house of Jacob their sins.  Notice the two group distinctions. 'My People and House of Jacob"  What is it about Jacob that is a type for us today? How did Jacobs name become Israel? What does the progression look like? Is a fully active and functional covenant more than just standing and saying "Yes"? At the end of the Prayer for Covenant , why would the High Priest add this additional request... " The Lord would make Himself known and His Word known,  to those who hear what comes next ." What does it look like for the Lord to make Himself  known to someone, Why is His Word so important for becoming a greater follower of righteousness?. Is this 'knowing' akin to the Day of the Lord or entering into His rest where a new labor begins? Would this have something to do with ratification of covenant status to the individual, does it accompany a